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BicyclesFreewheelin’ Community BikesKids learn hands-on skills fixing them up—and get a bike to ride when the job is done. 3355 N. Central Ave., 317-926-5440, freewheelinbikes.wix.com/freewheelinbikes.Blankets & TowelsFACE Low-Cost Spay/Neuter ClinicDogs and cats lie on the bedding while recovering from the surgeries that help reduce pet overpopulation and shelter euthanasia rates. 1505 Massachusetts Ave., 317-638-3223, facespayneuter.org.BooksIndianapolis Public Library FoundationProceeds from book sales held throughout the year support local libraries. Next sale: Feb. 8. Library Services Center, 2450 N. Meridian St., 317-275-4700, indyplfoundation.org.Crafting Materials At Your SchoolKids in AYS’s before- and after-school and other programs use paper, glue, scissors, and markers (and imagination, of course) for creative projects. 4755 Kingsway Dr., 317-283-3817, ayskids.org.Electronics & Rechargeable BatteriesRecycleForceSeparating out recyclables keeps toxins out of landfills and gives re-entry employment to recent inmates, while sales of the materials help fund job-training programs. 1125 Brookside Ave., Ste. D12, 317-532-1367, recycleforce.org.Event TicketsBig Brothers Big Sisters of Central IndianaMentors can spend time with their “little siblings” at sports games, concerts, arts performances, or other shows and activities. 2960 N. Meridian St., Ste. 150, 317-921-2201, bebigforkids.org.EyeglassesIndianapolis Eye Care CenterLow-cost clinics, including one in Guanajuato, Mexico, dispense them tofolks in need of vision correction.501 Indiana Ave., Ste. 100, 317-321-1470, optometry.iu.edu.FoodGleaners Food Bank of IndianaNonperishable goods (cans, mac-and-cheese mix, heat-and-serve meals, etc.) are distributed to food pantries, soup kitchens, and other hunger-relief programs around the state. 3737 Waldemere Ave., 317-925-0191, gleaners.org.Kids’ Formal AccessoriesRiley Cancer Center PromChildren undergoing treatment choose outfits to wear for the hospital’s annual spirit-lifting soiree. Girls: shiny or colorful purses and “bling” (bracelets, necklaces, earrings, tiaras, and sparkly headbands). Boys: top hats, youth-size ties, and fun sunglasses. Drop-off on Dec. 6 and 12, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Riley Children’s Foundation, 30 S. Meridian St., 317-948-1835, rileykids.org/events/prom.Furniture & Appliances (large)Society of St. Vincent de PaulThe Catholic charity collects sofas, dining tables, washers and dryers, and other large household essentials (no pianos, please) for folks who need help setting up house. Pick-up available for large appliances. 1201 E. Maryland St., 317-687-1006, svdpindy.org.Furniture & App-liances (small)AMVETSValue World thrift stores sell the gently used stuff to raise money for programs benefiting veterans and their families. Pick-up available (as long as each item is light enough for one person to carry). 317-353-8140, donatestuff.com/charity/amvets.Gardening ToolsGrowing Places IndyThe urban-farming and wellness advocate raises fresh produce and conducts training programs at its three “Slow Food” gardens, and extra wheelbarrows, shovels, rakes, and the like are wel-comed (but sprays, fertilizers, and soilare not, thank you). 317-652-5745, growingplacesindy.org.Home-Improvement ProductsIndianapolis Habitat for Humanity ReStoreNew and gently used cabinets, lighting, and other fix-up materials are sold at the outlet to benefit the home-building charity. 1011 E. 22nd St., 317-777-6098, indyrestore.comKitchen Utensils & EquipmentAftercare for Indiana through Mentoring At-risk youths and kids coming out of juvenile corrections use pots, pans, measuring cups, spatulas, etc. in cooking and baking sessions for a job-preparedness program. 10202 E. Washington St., Ste. 300, 317-874-8470, aimmentoring.org.MedicationsGood Samaritan Health ClinicThe near-eastside facility dispenses unopened, unexpired over-the-counter cures and doctor’s-office samples to the homeless and working poor. 11 Eastern Ave., 317-638-2862, ext. 40, goodnewsministries.com.Pet Food & SuppliesFriends of Indianapolis Dogs OutsideFIDO distributes a range, from kibble to toys to doghouses, to the owners of outdoor pets (including cats) to improve the animals’ quality of life. They even take stuff for rabbits and fish. 456 N. Holmes Ave., 317-221-1314, fidoindy.org.ShoesSamaritan’s FeetNew athletic footwear is shuffled to those who have none, both here and abroad. 3950 Priority Way S. Dr., Ste. 220, 317-870-1649, samaritansfeet.org.Sports EquipmentIndiana Sports Corp. Geared for HealthBasketballs, helmets, bats, gloves, cleats—just about anything that gets kids into the game—go to promote fitness in underserved communities. The group also takes jump ropes, T-shirts, and any other gently used item that can be used to get kids moving. Year-round drop-off is available at Play It Again Sports in Carmel, 2332 E. 116th St., 317-848-6044; and in Fishers, 11681 Olio Rd., 317-288-4632, playitagainsportsfishers.com. For more information: Indiana Sports Corp., 201 S. Capitol Ave., Ste. 1200, 317-237-5000, indianasportscorp.org.ToiletriesRonald McDonald House of IndianaFamilies confined for long stretches in the hospital rooms of critically ill or injured children can use them to freshen up. 435 Limestone St., 317-269-2247, ext. 205, rmh-indiana.org.
This article appeared in the December 2013 issue.
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